Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Still , there is Hope



Someone is supposed to have said :

"  A Government can only prevent BAD things from happening : it cannot make GOOD things to happen "

But , NDA  government is proving that someone wrong !

Under its DIGITAL INDIA initiative , just look at all these WONDERFUL / GOOD things that are actually happening :

*   Aadhar  based Unique Identification

*   Jan Dhan Bank Accounts needing ZERO deposits

*   UPI ( Unified Payment Interface ) / RuPay

*   Digital Locker

*   Unified Mobile App for New Age Governance

And a host of other initiatives that will change the boundaries of our ECONOMY in next 2 years

But the greatest CHALLENGE continues to evade the WILL of the POLICY MAKERS , viz:

"  How to permanently eliminate  CORRUPTION   and   BLACK MONEY   ? "


Despite the fact that , there is a ,

SIMPLE  /  SUPER-FAST  /  SURE and CHEAP  solution , " hiding in plain sight " !


Viz :


Replace existing Rs 500 / 1000 , paper Currency Notes with new / plastic currency notes , embedded with RFID micro - sensors ( one fiftieth the thickness of a human hair ) , announcing their presence to IT / ED , if concentration exceeds Rs 1 crore in any ONE square meter area , anywhere in India !


Question :

Is there a POLITICAL WILL to implement this ?

{  Short Answer :  NO   /  Long  Answer :  Ask Shri Narendra Modiji  }


And if anyone has ANY DOUBT as to the feasibility / practicality of my suggestion , let him read following news report which appeared in Economic Times ( Nov 6-12 / 2016 ) :

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ARROW  SMART  SHIRT

Arrow is first off the block with a " Smart Apparel in India " - simply called the Smart Shirt

Available in multiple colors , the shirt has a programmable NFC tag embedded in the left sleeve cuff

You download the free Arrow Smart Shirt app from Google Play on your phone and set up your profile

The initial set up requires you to connect your social media accounts , choose your favorite app , song and playlist

You can then use the app to configure the NFC tag on the shirt to perform a function - it could be to share your Contact Card , switch your phone to vibrate mode , start playing your favorite song or launch an app - you can re-programme the tag as and when you want to perform a different function

Just tap on the left sleeve and you are notified with a slight vibration when the NFC tag is configured as well as when it performs the preset function

Over time , we found it easier to tap on the shirt than unlock the phone and then navigate the menu to perform various functions

Granted , it's a very basic application of smart functionality , but it does help in making some routine tasks faster

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This frugal application of embedding a NFC tag ( basically , a RFID sensor ) in a washable cloth shirt ( selling for Rs 3,000 ) , might earn Arvind Group , a few hundred crores of rupees in next 5 years


Apparently , even that small amount of revenue , is a big enough deal for a Private Sector company to innovate / experiment


But , if my suggestion is implemented , that might bring into the productive ECONOMIC MAIN STREAM , Rs 50 lakh*crores worth of BLACK MONEY , within ONE YEAR !


Cost of RFID  sensor ?   10 paise per piece  of that plastic Currency Note !

Implementation time ?   6 months from the word " GO " !

What about its POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS ?


400 + seats for BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha Election !


I am still hoping that Shri Modiji will seize this  OPPORTUNITY  of  a  NATION's  LIFE TIME  !

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07  Nov  2016


www.hemenparekh.in / blogs

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